Masashi Kishimoto

The mastermind behind NARUTO series was born on an 8 of November of year 1974 in Japan. He debuted in Shueisha with his work Karakuri (1996) which also granted him a Hop Step Award given once a month to new artists. But it wasn’t until Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine started serializing NARUTO (1997) that he made a name on his own.

His career choice and art was largely influenced by one of the most famous names in the manga industry, creator of the Dragonball series, Akira Toriyama. NARUTO still being an on-going and top chart manga series has marked the life of Masashi Kishimoto for 10 years already and will probably keep on for a few more years. The first published incarnation of the Naruto Series or one-shot pilot debuted in Akamaru Jump (1997) successfully introducing the Ninja world and his soon to be world-wide-known protagonist which not too long afterward led to his official weekly serialization.

The series itself has its own summary but it is important to stress the amount of effort put by a single person to create and nurture such a particular universe for so long, people have gone back and forth pointing out inconsistencies, lack of growth in the characters personalities or opposite to it too much focus on just a handful of relationships. However, on fact remains just as Toriyama marked an era the undisrupted work built over the years by Kishimoto marked another one and it comes as no surprise when people who were still kids 10 years ago say they’ve grown with NARUTO, that alone calls for some fair-play recognition.

Finally, and on a much more personal note, it is just as important to mention Masashi Kishimoto himself has undergone a professional growth. Just comparing his art at the beginning of the series and his current mastery of page composition or drawing clarity is at the very least outstanding. Everything comes at a very precise need as well since the plot flow needed this maturity to be displayed and understood by his readers since the very tone of the story which was somewhat light and amusing at the beginning slowly turned into a much more dramatic world where ideologies and aspirations became more human and just being a ninja is no longer some kid dream but carries duties and consequences that with the presence of successfully inserted undertone layers can be grasped on different levels by a variety of readers age-groups.